Technical Services Assistant

DATE: July, 2000

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Part-time Clerks, Student Assistants as assigned.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Two year Associate of Arts Degree, or equivalent experience. Two years of relevant work experience with emphasis in public service. Library experience preferred. Personal computer competency required.

NATURE OF WORK: Technical processing of library materials. Manages periodical database. Public services as assigned including public access to the cemetery database.


  1. Maintain and update periodical holdings in a timely manner:
    1. Update regional acquisitions holdings daily.
    2. Review and add new holdings to region-wide system.
    3. Route to appropriate staff or area.
    4. Correspond with vendor concerning supply problems.
    5. Work with regional acquisitions representatives regarding pattern changes, etc.
    6. Update withdrawals and holdings changes on system
    7. Inform Periodicals Librarians and appropriate staff of status changes.
    8. Recommend additions and deletions to appropriate staff.
  2. Process books, periodicals and audiovisual materials for incorporation into system:
    1. Review materials and prioritize to meet immediate/anticipated needs of patrons/staff.
    2. Select and apply appropriate covering/label/identification to meet system needs.
    3. Route to appropriate location, staff or area.
    4. Maintain collection items and appropriate records for materials to and from processing
    5. Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment.
  3. Assist patrons (juvenile and adult):
    1. Explain procedures and answer inquiries in person and on phone or refer to other staff.
    2. Assist patrons in library usage—registering, locating material, equipment use, checking out.
    3. Assist with preparation and presentation of special programming as requested.
  4. Assist other staff in the performance of their duties or fill in during their absence as assigned.
  5. Perform other tasks as assigned.


  1. Comes into contact with public during and as a result of performing job.
  2. Answers and directs inquiries, assists in locating items, explains procedure, assists in equipment use.

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL OPERATION: Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and office equipment relative to this position which shall include, but may not be limited to: computers, copiers, FAX machines.

I. The normal workday shall be eight (8) hours and the normal work week shall be forty (40) hours.
II. Indoor office environment.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying of objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of forty (40) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.